Intention to attend parenting programmes: does ethnicity make a difference?

Asmita Patel (Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK)
Rachel Calam (Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK)
Angela Latham (Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, UK)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Publication date: 18 March 2011


The research sought to assess perceived barriers to enrolment in parenting programmes by different ethnic groups in a deprived inner‐city community. In study one, parents of children attending pre‐school services targeted with outreach strategies were assessed using a Barriers Checklist to identify factors influencing uptake. In study two, a larger sample completed the checklist and SDQ (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) to test associations between intention and parent‐rated behavioural difficulties. Study one found no significant differences in individual perceived barriers or levels of behavioural difficulty between ethnic groups. In study two, Pakistani, Asian British and African families showed the highest levels of interest in attending groups, and White British and Black British the lowest. There was no significant correlation between interest and behavioural difficulties. Higher parent education was associated with interest. The research shows that barriers to attendance are diverse, and finding further ways of enhancing the uptake of community‐based group programmes across different ethnic groups would be valuable.



Patel, A., Calam, R. and Latham, A. (2011), "Intention to attend parenting programmes: does ethnicity make a difference?", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 45-58.

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